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11 walking day Detailed Itinerary for
Walking Holiday on
The Cotswold Way
Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath

Walking Holiday on The Cotswold Way
Online booking available
Hiking through the heart of the Cotswolds, one of Britain's most popular regions, this walking holiday passes through the famous English Cotswold towns and villages of Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Painswick, Old Sodbury and Bath. This self-guided UK walking holiday in The Cotswolds on The Cotswold Way makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The Cotswold Way passes through some of England's most charming landscape, full of wildlife, stunning scenery and history.
You start this walking holiday in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Cotswold Way, one of the newest national trails in the UK.
Walking holiday on the Cotswold Way

Suggested Tour Duration:
11 days walking
12 nights
Total Distance:
117 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles

Hidcote Manor Gardens

Day 1: Arrive at Stratford-upon-Avon
To start your Cotswold's walking holiday you make your own way to Stratford-upon-Avon. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary, just ask one of our staff. Car parking is available for the duration of your Cotswolds self-guided walking holiday.
Stratford-upon-Avon on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Optional Day 1: Exploring Stratford upon Avon
Chipping Campden on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way Day 2: Stratford-upon-Avon to Chipping Campden.    15 miles
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and also the start of the Shakespeare's Way. You follow the River Avon along way-marked trails out of Stratford and head towards Mickleton where the Gardens at Hidcote Manor are well worth a visit. Then it is just a short walk to Chipping Campden for your overnight stay.
Optional Day 2: Exploring Chipping Campden
Take an extra day to explore Chipping Campden and to visit the Gardens at Hidcote Manor before starting on The Cotswold Way.
Day 3: Chipping Campden to Stanton.    10 miles
Walking on from Chipping Campden, one of the best of the Cotswold market towns with a fine range of shops and pubs, the trail climbs on to an escarpment offering fine views across the Vale of Evesham. You then walk through the very popular town of Broadway with its honey coloured houses and fine old English tea rooms. There is plenty of time to explore the Cotswold gem that is Broadway. The hiking trail soon arrives at Stanton.
Broadway on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Hailes Abbey on Cotswold Way walking holiday Day 4: Stanton to Winchcombe.    8 miles   
Walking on from Stanton, which has been called the perfect Cotswold village, the route crosses farmland and then climbs to Stumps Cross. The remains of Hailes Abbey are worth a visit. Winchcombe is a fine small town with a selection of shops and inns, also a Folk museum.
Optional Day 3: Bourton on the Water to Winchcombe     14 miles
An optional day exploring more of the Cotswolds. We transfer you to Bourton on the Water and you walk back to Winchcombe along the Warden's Way via Lower and Upper Slaugher, Guiting Power and Sudely Castle.
Bourton on the Water on walking holiday in the Cotswolds
Cleeve Hill on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way Day 5: Winchcombe to Dowdeswell     12.5 miles
The walk passes Sudeley Castle, dating back to the 12th century. Cleeve Common and the surrounding areas offer fine views. Today's walk mostly follows the western edge of the Cotswolds escarpment above Cheltenham. This area is famous for its butterflies and you finish the walk today close to Dowdeswell Reservoir..
Day 6: Dowdeswell to Birdlip.    9.5 miles   
The route passes Seven Springs, claimed to be the source of the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames. The Devil's Chimney a craggy rock finger is a local landmark below Leckhampton Hill. You finish today's walk at Birdlip which stands on the edge of an escarpment on the course of the Roman Ermin Street which ran from Gloucester to Cirencester.
Devil's Chimney on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Painswick on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way Day 7: Birdlip to Painswick.    7 miles   
Much of today's walk is in woodlands. At the Roman Villa at Witcombe, a bath house and fine mosaics have been unearthed. Cooper's Hill offers fine views and formed part of a large 500BC Iron Age encampment.
Optional Day 4: Exploring Painswick
A pleasant town to take a rest day, with optional visit to Rococo Gardens.
Day 8: Painswick to Middleyard (Kings Stanley).    9.5 miles   
Painswick is a fine small market town with streets dating back to the 13th century. The local stone is light grey giving the town a different feel for a normal Cotswold town. This section of The Cotswold Way is said to have some of the finest views on the whole walking trail. The views from Haresfield Beacon over the Severn valley below are stunning.
Haresfield Beacon on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Wotton-under-Edge on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way Day 9: Middleyard (Kings Stanley) to Wotton-under-Edge.    13.5 miles   
Today's walk is quite hilly but rewards you with fine vistas and many historic sites including a Neolithic long barrow and Iron Age fort. The walking trail passes through Dursley, a town once famous for its wool and cloth. The Severn Valley and the Forest of Dean offer great vistas in this part of The Cotswold Way.
Day 10: Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury.    13 miles   
The town of Wotton-under-Edge dates back to Saxon times AD940, but the oldest house in the town now dates back to 1350 (the former Ram Inn). This town has a fine mixture of old buildings and a selection of pubs, shops and places to eat. This part of your walking holiday passes through an area of the Cotwolds where in former times the cloth and woollen industries were very important. The Cotswold Way passes many former water mills and mill streams.
Hawkesbury Monument on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Day 11: Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton.    9 miles   
This section of the trail is perhaps the most rural as there are few villages. The highlights are Sodbury Hill Fort with 11 acres of ramparts and ditches with Iron Age and Roman origins. The walk through Dodington Park, landscaped by Capability Brown, is a highlight. Dyrham Park, famous for deer and a fine Tudor mansion, is well worth a visit.
Dyrham Park on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Day 12: Cold Ashton to Bath.    10 miles   
Today's walk is through a very varied landscape of hills offering fine vistas and pretty little valleys showing the Cotswolds at their best. Finally the walking holiday ends in Bath, this gem of an English city, famous for its Roman Baths, Abbey and Royal Crescent.
Bath on walking holiday on the Cotswold Way
Optional Day 5:  Exploring Bath
There is so much to see in Bath that it is worth spending an extra day to take in the architecture and atmostphere.

Day 13: Depart after breakfast
or extend your stay and spend some time exploring Bath.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

At Stratford-upon-Avon this walk connects with
Shakespeare's Way.

Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Cotswold Way

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • map of Cotswold Way
  • Cicerone's guide to The Cotswold Way
Cicerone's guided to Cotswold Way
Stratford Upon Avon to Bath:
13 day itinerary
11 days walking and 12 nights accommodation
single occ
solo traveller
Book Cotswold Way Stratford upon Avon to Bath walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
Extra nights from £49 per person
depending on location

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Cotswold Way

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability      Prices per person per night
Stratford upon Avon Double/Twin Single
Falcon Legacy Hotel £65.00 £65.00
Mercure Shakespeare Htl £65.00 £75.00
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How to get there
By Plane to Bristol, Birmingham or London where we can arrange transfer to Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campdon or Bath
By Car to Chipping Campden where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campden or Bath
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